Pregnancy Calendar Week 35

YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 35

Wondering if you’re ready for those first few months at home with your new little one? We thought so. That’s why we’re changing up our format this week to bring you a checklist of baby care essentials covering everything from feeding to sleeping to taking baby out and about. We’ve also included some things you’ll want handy at home for you, too. Preparation now can go a long way in helping you reduce stress and enjoy the early moments with your baby.So, mom-to-be, here’s your “bringing home baby” checklist:

Feeding

If you’re planning to breastfeed:

  • Three to five nursing bras
  • Breast pump (manual or electric); electric pumps are well worth the extra cost, but most hospitals rent great dual breast pumps by the month, so that’s another good option
  • A box of washable or disposable breast pads
  • Lanolin cream for sore, cracked breasts
  • Three to five small baby bottles with newborn nipples for storing breast milk
  • Several burp cloths
  • Three to five bibs
  • Bottle brush

A note from BabyQ about breastfeeding:

BabyQ highly recommends that you breastfeed your baby. Breast milk is best for your baby and the benefits are many. In addition to giving your baby all the vitamins and nutrients she needs during the first six months of life, breast milk is chock full of immune-boosting substances that help your baby fight illness. Plus, babies who are breastfed tend to have higher intelligence and lower incidences of diabetes and obesity.If you’re planning to feed with formula:

  • Six 5-ounce bottles
  • Bottle nipples
  • Bottle brush
  • Bibs
  • One large container of formula (or several bottles) to have on hand at first

Dressing

  • Five to seven one-piece outfits (onesies) or “sleepers”
  • Four to six t-shirts that snap on the neck or side
  • Four to six undershirts that snap around the crotch; these can be worn alone in the summer or under clothes in the winter
  • Four or five comfortable daytime outfits including pull-on pants and shirts; purchase just a few newborn sizes and then get 6-month clothing and up (your baby will grow quickly into those bigger sizes)
  • Baby hat—for a summer baby, buy a broad-brimmed hat; for a winter baby, buy a warm hat that covers baby’s ears
  • Six pairs of socks
  • One cotton sweater
  • One light jacket that buttons down the front
  • If you have a winter baby, you may want to buy a one-piece snowsuit to keep him warm when outside

Laundry

  • Mild laundry detergent for baby’s clothes

Diapering

  • Changing table
  • Diapers (stock up with LOTS of these as you’ll be going through 10-12 per day during the first few weeks)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper disposal container
  • Diaper cream or petroleum jelly
  • Diaper bag

Sleeping

  • Crib and crib mattress
  • Mattress pad
  • Two sets of crib sheets
  • One or two waterproof liners
  • Four cotton receiving blankets

Bathing and Grooming

  • Plastic baby bathtub
  • Two or three soft hooded towels
  • Baby body wash/shampoo
  • Several baby washcloths
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Baby nail care kit

Health

  • First-aid kit with medicine dropper; digital thermometer; baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen; antibiotic ointment; sterile bandages; cotton swabs; rubbing alcohol; petroleum jelly; sunscreen/lip protection; insect repellant; electrolyte replacement solution; and a first-aid pocket guide for medical emergencies.
  • Bulb syringe for baby’s stuffy nose

Getting Around with Baby

  • Car seat
  • Pacifiers
  • Stroller
  • Strap-on sling for baby

Soothing and Entertainment

  • Pacifiers
  • Swaddling blankets and quilts for cuddling outside the crib
  • Baby swing
  • Bouncy seat
  • White noise machine
  • Mobile to hang over baby’s crib
  • Night light for baby’s room

Nice-to-Haves

  • Changing table
  • Baby monitor
  • Rocker or glider

For You, Mom

  • Maxi-pads/panty liners for post-delivery vaginal discharge
  • Hemorrhoid wipes and cream; even if you didn’t get them during pregnancy, they may appear after delivery
  • Ice packs that can help reduce swelling and numb soreness in your vaginal area
  • Comfy bras, underwear and clothing
  • Lots of premade meals ready to eat and at least a full week’s worth of groceries stocked in the fridge

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